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Sandia National Laboratories Intern - START HBCU, Cyber Security R&D Grad Summer in Livermore, California

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We are seeking an Intern - START HBCU, Cyber Security R&D Grad Summer

The Securing Top Academic Research Talent at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (START HBCU) Institute is designed to provide research collaborations with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and to develop an intentional talent pipeline for minority students in STEM. We are interested in identifying candidates from HBCUs and growing collaboration opportunities between HBCUs and Sandia. A key part of this is through granting summer internships to undergraduate students to work at Sandia National Laboratories. The START HBCU Institute will hire interns into several critical mission areas for summer 2022.

As a Cyber Security Intern at Sandia, you will be guided by a technical mentor and work closely with a team of researchers and interns on issues of national significance.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Leverage your skills across numerous domains, including software/hardware development, data analysis and machine learning, reverse engineering, and machine and network virtualization.

  • Team with Sandia cybersecurity subject matter experts and fellow interns to solve real-world problems with real-world national security impact.

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This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

Required:

You bring the confidence and skills to be eligible for the job by meeting these minimum requirements:

  • Earned bachelor's degree

  • Currently attending and enrolled full time (or scheduled to graduate in the spring) in an accredited science, engineering, or math graduate program

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0

  • Ability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer

  • U.S. citizenship

Note: If you have not yet started your graduate program, please apply to an undergraduate intern position.

Additional requirements:

  • Attendance at a Historically Black College/University during the spring 2022 academic term

  • Experience in at least one of the following programming languages: Python, C, C++, Java, Go, Perl, Ruby or R

    Desired:

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of information security, computer architecture, and networking

  • Demonstrated mastery in core computer science concepts (e.g. data structures and algorithms, databases, operating systems, computer networks)

  • Demonstrated mastery in critical advanced computer science and cybersecurity topics (e.g. malware reverse engineering, machine learning and data science, virtualization, software defined networks, mobile device security and protocols)

  • Scholarship for Service Recipient

    Department Description:

The Mission Cyber Security Department is housed in the Information Security Sciences group. The group focuses on four major areas of research and development: (1) cyber vulnerability analyses and system assessments, (2) at-scale cyber system emulation, (3) data analytics and (4) mission protection. This allows the group to focus on the intersection of vulnerability research, modeling and simulation, data analysis, and operations all in the context of cyber.Department 8765 combines cyber security research and operations to solve critical national security problems. We support efforts to improve cyber security and information operations programs within Sandia and across the federal government. Staff members in the department have expertise in computer science and engineering, information assurance, cyber operations and related fields. Our core technical capabilities include cyber incident response, intrusion detection, network monitoring, network and host forensics, malware research and analysis, vulnerability assessments, and reverse engineering. We maintain state-of-the-art expertise in these disciplines as they continue to evolve, and conduct research to automate and advance tools and techniques, with the objective of enabling precious subject-matter-expert time to be spent on the most unique, difficult and dangerous elements of the threat space. With a history of applying research to solve real world problems, we address issues of trust and information assurance as they relate to national security. In addition, we are actively engaged in cyber educational programs that prepare students to enter the workforce and provide a recruiting pipeline for the Sandia cyber mission area.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:• Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide• Extraordinary co-workers• Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world• Career advancement and enrichment opportunities• Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)• Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

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Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

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